Finesse With These Tips From Instagram Style Influencer @kickstq

  • Nike Air Max 1 kickstq

    @kickstq

    “This was on ‘Air Max Day,’ the day the world was introduced to the iconic shoe. I wanted to showcase my favorite Air Max 1, which just happens to be the commemorative model with the date stitched into the tongue.”

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  • Air Jordan 11 Concord Kickstq

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    “There was a sandstorm that day and I wasn’t able to shoot in the place I had planned to. My friend and I had to take shelter in the local supermarket around my neighborhood. I chose the rice lane because it’s authentic to our cuisine. I also posed with my profile showing because I think the XI Concords look a lot better from that angle.”

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  • Y-3 Qasa 3 kickstq

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    “The triple black Y-3 Qasa 3s have this mean look to them, the design and comfort to the shoe is brilliant. In addition to the outfit I paired them with (Fear of God top and Rick Owens denim), I wanted to choose a setting that represented a more rugged atmosphere. I chose an outdoor parking lot belonging to a local logistics company; it was filled with 18 wheelers, truck heads, and abandoned vehicles. I jumped on one of the trailer beds and started to shoot.”

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  • Air Jordan 10 OVO kickstq

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    “I was pretty excited about receiving this pair so I had them shipped to Bangkok, where I was vacationing at the time. This shot was actually candid. I was under a bridge in a slum with poverty everywhere; it was quite depressing until I saw all the kids who were indifferent to their living conditions–ignorance (and innocence) is bliss. This was also around the time Kanye gave his MTV speech, I thought the caption was fitting.”

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    “I am fortunate enough to receive a lot of free clothing from up and coming brands within the region. I usually like to pair their apparel with sneakers that will grab a lot of attention. This pic was taken on my stairs at home. I’m wearing two brands based in Dubai–an @amongstfew tee and @juniorsbejunior joggers with the Pirate Black Yeezy Boosts.”

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  • Air Jordan 4 White Cement kickstq

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    “There is a lot of construction going on around my neighborhood. A construction site seemed fitting when I decided to lace up the Cement IVs.”

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  • Air Jordan 1 MTM kickstq

    @kickstq

    “These MTM 1s were given to me as a present. They are underrated in my opinion. This was shot in an open area around my neighborhood in Kuwait.”

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    “One of my favorite go-to kicks. They are versatile, stylish, and comfortable. This was shot on a roof.”

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    “These were the shoes I rocked all day and all night during my junior year of high school. Meaning on and off the court! I even had the black pair which I wore more during our important games. (I played for the basketball team throughout high school.)”

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    “One of the first Jordan Futures, the ‘glow’ model. An underrated shoe with a promising future (no pun), until they started to produce them in every single color and shape imaginable. This was one of my rare night shots.”

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  • sneaker vault kickstq

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    “’The Vault.’ Where I store most of my sneakers.”

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    “The 750 lean. This was shot in the middle of the biggest roundabout in Kuwait. I was lucky to find a box I could sit on in order to capture this.”

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  • Air Jordan 11 Concord Kickstq
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  • Air Jordan 10 OVO kickstq
  • Air Jordan 4 White Cement kickstq
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Everyone plays the actor until they come into their own role. Tareq Q (@kickstq) forges ahead of the rest of the sneaker community with the tact of a sharp-suited businessman, and by no coincidence either. The terrestrial dry land of his home country Kuwait is rich in oil and gas reserves and Tareq Q is fortunate enough to have a stake in the whole matter. His Instagram feed is an exploratory gem of streetwear, sneakers, and Arab culture–like a guide to the high life where quality and fit is the standard amidst the arid climates of Arabia.

“Menswear in Kuwait here is mainly our traditional dress, which are called ‘Dish Dasha’s’ or ‘Thob,'” he says. “So there is that stigma of being too ‘Westernized’ and not being integrated enough within the local culture if you’re always in a pair of Jordans, Tee, and a hoodie. This does not stop me from merging the two cultures as best as I can. I always focus on creating photos that are authentic to my Arab heritage and the region in general.”

His feed has a curatorial deftness that’s usually reserved for professionals in the field but what he adds is depths of brand knowledge and good taste. He grew up idolizing Michael Jordan. His favorite Jordan silhouette is the IV, favorite model the Infrared VI, most worn the Bred I and White/Cement III. His favorite pair at the moment? The Fragment Design Air Jordan I. Under intense personal scrutiny, his style is kept simple–straightforward and minimal–with sneakers usually being the wow factor.

“I believe we all should go out and rock outfits and our kicks with confidence!” Tareq Q says. “An uncomfortable fit will eliminate that confidence no matter how appealing the shoe or clothing item might be.”

When I asked him about the sneaker community in the Middle East, his response was honest yet hopeful. Yes, he lives in a Third World region that generally isn’t exposed to trends until later than most areas. However, with the rise of the Internet and social networks, the gap is closing quickly. (Right now, @kickstq has nearly 47,000 Instagram followers.)

Then there’s the fusion between high fashion and mainstream that Tareq Q executes with precision. Whether it’s the best of the adidas Y-3 line or the latest Yeezy release, the deciding factors for pickups are “simplicity, creativity in its design, meaning behind the shoe, and how wearable they are.”

Who knows whether or not the Middle East will be the next big plug in the sneaker community but one thing’s for sure, cats like Tareq are leading the charge.

“The world needs to know that there are some serious sneakerheads out here who are deep into the culture and are keen on making it grow,” he says. “Shoutout to by people in Kuwait who represent @supersoulxxx and my friends over at @soledxb in Dubai. The Middle East got next.”

images via @kickstq